By Olivia Ritter, Communications Specialist
Presented by the Tristate Trauma Coalition

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in May 2018, the American Trauma Society (ATS) is presenting its 30th National Trauma Awareness Month (NTAM).  This year’s focus is on trauma associated with recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes, ATVs, golf carts, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc.

In 2017 there were 139 reported trauma injuries related to recreational vehicle driving in the tri-state area.  49% of those were not wearing helmets or any protective clothing.  Of the 139 injured, 58 were tested for being under the influence of alcohol, with 21 testing positive; and 19 patients had a positive drug screen out of the 32 tested.

Many accidents and injuries caused by recreational vehicles can be prevented by wearing a helmet or being smart while driving.  Always remember to wear a helmet and never operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For more information on regional trauma awareness and statistics, please contact Kelly Harrison, Manager of Regional Trauma Services, at kharrison@healthcollab.org.

Infographic on 2017 RV-related trauma